Thug’s manslaughter sentence is reduced

Snatch pictures of  Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing
Snatch pictures of Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing

A thug who killed a former paratrooper with one punch outisde a Calderdale nightclub has had his eight-year jail term reduced on appeal.

Muscle-bound Daniel Duckworth, 36, was made the subject of a 13-year extended sentence by a judge last December after a jury convicted him of the manslaughter of Richard Reynolds in a Sowerby Bridge street.

As part of the sentence Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Duckworth, of West Street, Sowerby Bridge, would have to serve eight years in jail and the judge even added: “Eight years is not long enough. I would like to give you more.”

But following a hearing at the Court of Appeal three judges decided that the eight-year element of the sentence was too long and reduced it to six.

Mr Reynolds, 42, had been out drinking with a friend in May 2011 when they began talking to Duckworth’s fiancee, because she looked upset, close to the Roxy nightclub.

Without warning Duckworth stormed over and punched Mr Reynolds in the face breaking his jaw and knocking him unconscious on to the floor.

The jury heard that Mr Reynolds was also kicked as he lay bleeding on the road.

Witnesses described hearing a hollow thud as Mr Reynolds’ head hit the road and he died in hospital 12 days later.